Period
to 19 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Exploratory Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Exploratory Testing over the 6 months to 19 October 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Exploratory Testing
UK > England
6 months to
19 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 728 736 794
Rank change year-on-year +8 +58 +148
Permanent jobs citing Exploratory Testing 406 446 433
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.26% 0.27% 0.24%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.29% 0.30% 0.26%
Number of salaries quoted 340 384 324
England median annual salary £45,000 £46,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.17% +8.24% -
10th Percentile £28,500 £29,000 £27,000
90th Percentile £67,500 £66,250 £62,500
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £41,750
% change year-on-year - +7.78% -1.76%

Exploratory Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
England
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 139,891 150,142 164,044
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 91.09% 91.56% 90.89%
Number of salaries quoted 112,228 119,242 137,909
England median annual salary £52,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £29,750 £28,500 £28,000
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £78,750
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £48,500
% change year-on-year - +3.09% +2.11%

Exploratory Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Exploratory Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Exploratory Testing in England

Exploratory Testing
Salary Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Exploratory Testing in England.

Salary trend for Exploratory Testing in England

Exploratory Testing
Salary Histogram in England

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Exploratory Testing in England over the 6 months to 19 October 2018.

Salary histogram for Exploratory Testing in England

Exploratory Testing
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Exploratory Testing within the England region over the 6 months to 19 October 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +12 158 £60,000 +9.09% 29
South East +27 97 £45,000 +28.57% 10
North of England -8 52 £35,000 -17.65% 20
East of England +13 42 £39,500 -24.76% 13
Midlands +15 34 £40,000 - 2
North West +12 32 £40,000 - 9
South West -9 23 £41,000 -3.53% 6
East Midlands +3 22 £55,000 +77.42%
West Midlands +26 12 £32,500 -18.75% 2
North East 0 12 £35,000 -17.65% 5
Yorkshire -20 8 £32,500 -23.53% 6
Exploratory Testing
UK

For the 6 months to 19 October 2018, IT jobs citing Exploratory Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the England region with a requirement for Exploratory Testing.

1 338 (83.25%) Agile Software Development
2 331 (81.53%) Test Automation
3 218 (53.69%) QA
4 211 (51.97%) Selenium
5 179 (44.09%) Scrum
6 144 (35.47%) JIRA
7 132 (32.51%) Software Testing
8 129 (31.77%) BDD
9 124 (30.54%) SQL
10 118 (29.06%) C#
11 117 (28.82%) Java
12 111 (27.34%) Regression Testing
13 108 (26.60%) WebDriver
14 100 (24.63%) TDD
15 97 (23.89%) Manual Testing
16 95 (23.40%) Cucumber
17 93 (22.91%) Finance
18 91 (22.41%) Performance Testing
19 83 (20.44%) Continuous Integration
20 75 (18.47%) ISTQB
21 68 (16.75%) Problem-Solving
22 67 (16.50%) Acceptance Criteria
22 67 (16.50%) Non-Functional Testing
23 66 (16.26%) SDLC
24 62 (15.27%) Functional Testing
25 59 (14.53%) Confluence
26 55 (13.55%) JavaScript
27 53 (13.05%) Test Scripting
28 52 (12.81%) Git (software)
29 51 (12.56%) Kanban

Exploratory Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 59 (14.53%) Confluence
2 6 (1.48%) Elasticsearch
3 4 (0.99%) BizTalk Server
3 4 (0.99%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 4 (0.99%) Tomcat
4 2 (0.49%) CMS
4 2 (0.49%) WordPress
5 1 (0.25%) Drupal
5 1 (0.25%) IIS
5 1 (0.25%) Jupyter
5 1 (0.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.25%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.25%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 7 (1.72%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.99%) Chatbot
3 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.74%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 38 (9.36%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (4.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (1.97%) Google Cloud Platform
4 6 (1.48%) Cloud Computing
4 6 (1.48%) Datadog
4 6 (1.48%) GitHub
4 6 (1.48%) Logentries
4 6 (1.48%) npm
5 5 (1.23%) DigitalOcean
5 5 (1.23%) SaaS
6 3 (0.74%) AWS CloudFormation
6 3 (0.74%) Sauce Labs
6 3 (0.74%) Serverless
7 2 (0.49%) Runscope
8 1 (0.25%) Azure Functions
8 1 (0.25%) BrowserStack
8 1 (0.25%) IaaS
8 1 (0.25%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (1.23%) HTTP
1 5 (1.23%) SMS
2 4 (0.99%) 3G
2 4 (0.99%) 4G
2 4 (0.99%) GPRS
2 4 (0.99%) GSM
2 4 (0.99%) LTE
2 4 (0.99%) PSTN
3 3 (0.74%) Internet
3 3 (0.74%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (2.96%) SQL Server
2 10 (2.46%) Relational Database
3 5 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (0.49%) Data Lake
6 1 (0.25%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.25%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.25%) Cosmos DB
6 1 (0.25%) Geospatial Data
6 1 (0.25%) MySQL
6 1 (0.25%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.25%) Redis
Development Applications
1 211 (51.97%) Selenium
2 144 (35.47%) JIRA
3 108 (26.60%) WebDriver
4 95 (23.40%) Cucumber
5 52 (12.81%) Git (software)
6 43 (10.59%) Jenkins
7 42 (10.34%) JMeter
8 36 (8.87%) SpecFlow
9 26 (6.40%) SoapUI
10 25 (6.16%) NUnit
11 24 (5.91%) Gatling
11 24 (5.91%) HP UFT
12 23 (5.67%) JUnit
13 17 (4.19%) Team Foundation Server
14 16 (3.94%) TeamCity
14 16 (3.94%) TestNG
15 11 (2.71%) Maven
15 11 (2.71%) Subversion
15 11 (2.71%) TestRail
16 10 (2.46%) LoadRunner
General
1 93 (22.91%) Finance
2 38 (9.36%) Retail
3 12 (2.96%) Games
4 10 (2.46%) Telecoms
5 8 (1.97%) Marketing
6 7 (1.72%) Back Office
6 7 (1.72%) Polish Language
7 6 (1.48%) Electronics
8 5 (1.23%) Banking
9 4 (0.99%) Advertising
9 4 (0.99%) Military
10 2 (0.49%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.25%) Automotive
11 1 (0.25%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.25%) Law
Job Titles
1 150 (36.95%) Test Engineer
2 111 (27.34%) QA Engineer
3 108 (26.60%) Analyst
4 104 (25.62%) Tester
5 71 (17.49%) Test Analyst
6 67 (16.50%) Test Automation Engineer
7 57 (14.04%) Automation Tester
8 50 (12.32%) Senior Tester
9 48 (11.82%) QA Test Engineer
10 47 (11.58%) QA Tester
11 40 (9.85%) Senior QA Engineer
12 37 (9.11%) Senior Test Engineer
13 36 (8.87%) QA Analyst
13 36 (8.87%) Senior Automation Tester
14 32 (7.88%) Senior QA Tester
15 30 (7.39%) Senior Analyst
16 29 (7.14%) QA Automation Tester
17 26 (6.40%) QA Automation Engineer
18 24 (5.91%) Web Engineer
19 23 (5.67%) QA Automation Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (11.33%) Gherkin
2 44 (10.84%) Web Services
3 37 (9.11%) .NET
4 33 (8.13%) HTML
5 23 (5.67%) REST
6 21 (5.17%) XML
7 17 (4.19%) SOAP
8 16 (3.94%) CSS
9 13 (3.20%) .NET Framework
10 12 (2.96%) RabbitMQ
11 11 (2.71%) RESTful
11 11 (2.71%) Spring
12 9 (2.22%) AngularJS
12 9 (2.22%) HTML5
12 9 (2.22%) JSON
12 9 (2.22%) Nightwatchjs
13 7 (1.72%) jQuery
14 5 (1.23%) ASP.NET
14 5 (1.23%) ASP.NET MVC
14 5 (1.23%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 46 (11.33%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (10.34%) User Experience
3 37 (9.11%) Self-Motivation
4 36 (8.87%) Mobile App
5 23 (5.67%) Computer Science
6 16 (3.94%) Enterprise Software
7 15 (3.69%) Fintech
8 9 (2.22%) Linux Command Line
9 8 (1.97%) Greenfield Project
9 8 (1.97%) Management Information System
10 5 (1.23%) Device Driver
11 4 (0.99%) Blackberry
12 3 (0.74%) Tandem
13 2 (0.49%) EPoS
13 2 (0.49%) NHS
13 2 (0.49%) Public Cloud
13 2 (0.49%) Social Network
13 2 (0.49%) Video\Live Streaming
14 1 (0.25%) Fixed Income
14 1 (0.25%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 29 (7.14%) Windows
2 24 (5.91%) Linux
3 18 (4.43%) Apple iOS
4 17 (4.19%) Android
5 10 (2.46%) Unix
6 4 (0.99%) Nucleus RTOS
6 4 (0.99%) Windows Phone
7 2 (0.49%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 338 (83.25%) Agile Software Development
2 331 (81.53%) Test Automation
3 179 (44.09%) Scrum
4 132 (32.51%) Software Testing
5 129 (31.77%) BDD
6 111 (27.34%) Regression Testing
7 100 (24.63%) TDD
8 97 (23.89%) Manual Testing
9 91 (22.41%) Performance Testing
10 83 (20.44%) Continuous Integration
11 68 (16.75%) Problem-Solving
12 67 (16.50%) Acceptance Criteria
12 67 (16.50%) Non-Functional Testing
13 66 (16.26%) SDLC
14 62 (15.27%) Functional Testing
15 53 (13.05%) Test Scripting
16 51 (12.56%) Kanban
17 50 (12.32%) User Stories
18 46 (11.33%) Test Strategy
19 44 (10.84%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 124 (30.54%) SQL
2 118 (29.06%) C#
3 117 (28.82%) Java
4 55 (13.55%) JavaScript
5 40 (9.85%) Python
6 25 (6.16%) Ruby
7 16 (3.94%) C++
8 13 (3.20%) T-SQL
9 11 (2.71%) C
10 8 (1.97%) Groovy
11 6 (1.48%) PHP
11 6 (1.48%) Scala
12 5 (1.23%) Apple Swift
12 5 (1.23%) PL/SQL
12 5 (1.23%) VB.NET
13 4 (0.99%) Java 8
13 4 (0.99%) Perl
14 2 (0.49%) Go
15 1 (0.25%) Kotlin
15 1 (0.25%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 75 (18.47%) ISTQB
2 44 (10.84%) Degree
3 40 (9.85%) ISEB
4 36 (8.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 17 (4.19%) Computer Science Degree
6 10 (2.46%) Security Cleared
7 4 (0.99%) SC Cleared
8 2 (0.49%) Numerate Degree
9 1 (0.25%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.25%) CEH
9 1 (0.25%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.25%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.25%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.25%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.25%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 218 (53.69%) QA
2 3 (0.74%) WCAG
3 1 (0.25%) PMO
System Software
1 17 (4.19%) Docker
2 6 (1.48%) Firmware
2 6 (1.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.99%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 7 (1.72%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (1.48%) HP ALM
3 5 (1.23%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 4 (0.99%) AirWatch
4 4 (0.99%) Kibana
5 3 (0.74%) Ansible
5 3 (0.74%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.25%) Nmap
6 1 (0.25%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 29 (7.14%) HP
1 29 (7.14%) Microsoft
2 14 (3.45%) Google
3 11 (2.71%) Atlassian
4 8 (1.97%) Apple
4 8 (1.97%) Oracle
5 6 (1.48%) VMware
6 5 (1.23%) Splunk
7 4 (0.99%) Cadence
7 4 (0.99%) MobileIron
7 4 (0.99%) New Relic
7 4 (0.99%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (0.74%) SAP
8 3 (0.74%) Talend
8 3 (0.74%) WorldPay
9 2 (0.49%) Borland
10 1 (0.25%) Adobe
10 1 (0.25%) IBM